We don't like fast food anymore. We mean the kind of fast food that's sold by chain restaurants across America and most of the world.
We used to eat it a lot, especially when we were young, fairly broke, and moving quickly through our lives. But as we became better cooks, started eating in better restaurants, and grew increasingly health conscious, we began avoiding the McBombs. (Which is not to say we don't have our guilty pleasures: Tim's is a Taco Bell grilled stuffed chicken burrito, and Ruth's is McDonald's fries. But being good former Catholic kids, we seldom indulge these urges and always feel bad about them afterward.)
Now we're getting ready to move about six hours away, and Tim has had to drive the route four times in the past two weeks, looking for a place to live. Although he's taken fruit and nuts along in the car, sometimes he's had to stop for more-substantial fare, which requires choosing among McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Arby's, and, if he's very lucky, Taco Bell. He has realized that what used to taste delicious—mushy meat, sugary buns and condiments—now tastes pretty bad, lacking in texture and flavor while packing a massive wallop of salt and fat.
But the long car rides also give Tim time to think of the meals he'll be preparing in the new town, which boasts gigantic ethnic groceries; good, inexpensive restaurants; a longer growing season; and, as a result, great blogging material. We'll keep you posted.